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April 3, 2013

Quarterback race coming right down to Red/White game

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OU currently has three kickers on the squad. Junior Nick Hodgson and sophomore Eric Hosek join Hunnicutt on the roster. None have shown the power Boulware desires.

“I’m used to a guy who can put it in the stands. We should have that here and we’re going to get that here. We’re going to get a guy that can put the ball in the back of the end zone from the 35-yard line, which isn’t very far in my opinion, on a consistent basis,” the coach said. “As far as field goals go, I’m pleased with where (Hunnicutt) is. He’s an 80 percent field goal guy. The majority of field goals he’s taken has been inside of 40 yards. We just need to continue to work and progress in field goals outside of 40 yards. That’s what we have to work on now.”

Impressing opponents: The defensive lineman who is drawing raves from OU’s offensive linemen is tackle Jordan Phillips. The 6-foot-6, 324-pound sophomore has become a force this spring.

“He’s so athletic and moves so well and he has long arms,” center Ty Darlington said. “I have ended up in some mismatches with him sometimes. He’s made me look like a child a couple times. He’s a handful.”

Phillips only had six tackles in 11 games last season. The feeling among the guys he’s been butting heads with all spring is his production level will rise.

“He’s come a long way. He’s a big, strong, physical player that’s also really quick and can move,” guard Bronson Irwin said. “I’ve gone against him two years now, and I see him developing a lot and learning the game and technique-things and becoming a solid player.”

Don’t change it: In both the NFL and college football, rule changes have been made to reduce the impact of kickoffs. Kickers are kicking off from the 35-yard line to create more touchbacks. Blocking rules have been changed in recent years to reduce collisions.

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